DISCS & ZEN PAPERBACK OUT NOW!!!

The wait is over! Patrick McCormick’s second book in the the Zen Disc Golf series is now avdiscs-and-zen-book-coverailable in paperback format via Amazon

FROM THE AMAZON DESCRIPTION: After creating a movement in the disc golf world with his cultural classic, Zen & the Art of Disc Golf, author Patrick McCormick returns with Discs & Zen, a more in depth look at how disc golf can be seen as a microcosm of life. New and old fans alike will love McCormick’s clever use of insight and humor in hopes to make you never see disc golf the same way again. Discs & Zen is destined to sit along side Zen & the Art of Disc Golf as a treatise on self-growth and personal potential seen through the eyes of a disc golfer.

FROM PATRICK: “Maybe it is because I just finished it, but I like this book even more than the first! As a result of people getting to know me and my sense of humor on the podcast, I was able to be a little more relaxed in my writing style. I was able to inject a little more lightheartedness and fun into the book. It is just as powerful as the first, but I think you will laugh a lot more. I had an excellent time putting this book together and I hope people enjoy it as much as the first!”

 

A Kindle version is slated to be available closer to the end of December. An Audible version will be available early in 2017.

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PODCAST EP#29

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Episode #29 -the definitive guide to disc golf (with ryan “slim” pickens and justin menickelli)

Todays podcast is brought to you by some of our amazing and generous podcast contributors:

Jeremy Ziakis – Kentucky
Melissa Martin – Ohio
Royal Daniel – Texas
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OTHER DISC GOLF RELATED ITEMS

CHRIS – FOLIO PORTABLE STUDIO

TIM – CENTRAL COAST DISC GOLF – CLINIC WITH WILL SCHUSTERIC

Pat – Disc Golf Unchained APP – fun and addictive!

5 STAR REVIEW – THANK YOU GIVEAWAY!

GIVING AWAY A SIGNED COPY OF ZEN & THE ART OF DISC GOLF

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June’s $20 gift card to www.infinitediscs.com goes to:

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HELP US KEEP GOING AND GROWING!

Funny thing about podcasting… Success costs money. As we continue to reach record numbers of listeners the costs rise with syndication, web development, and GIVEAWAYS, I am constantly plagued with the question, how can I keep the podcast self-sustaining.

The answer: $1. That’s it.

If you love the ZEN DISC GOLF PODCAST, please consider donating as little as $1 a month and help keep this show alive, going and growing.

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By supporting, you will be entered to win a $20 gift card from Infinite Discs. You will get one entry per donated dollar per month (i.e. Putter level =1 entry per month, Distance driver level = 3 entries per month). Cancel anytime!

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PODCAST EP#28 – WWTSD (What Would Tim Steward Do?)

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Episode #28 – WWTSD (What Would Tim Steward Do?)

Todays podcast is brought to you by some of our amazing and generous podcast contributors:

Jeremy Ziakis – Kentucky
Melissa Martin – Ohio
Royal Daniel – Texas
Todd Sisco – Kansas
Timmy Andersson – Sweden

WWTSD (WHAT WOULD TIM STEWARD DO?)

LINKS


Worm Dye – Tim’s Disc Dye recommendation 


Brake Parts Cleaner – For getting rid of that pesky factory stamp


iDye Poly – Tim’s recommended dye infuse.

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“A great low speed disc to learn on – Innova Leopard” – Tim Steward.
Pat recommends Gstar Plastic.

Tim recommends checking out 2016 Masters Cup at DelaVeaga 

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PAT SWIMS OUT TO RETRIEVE HIS WESTSIDE GIANT – HOLE 3 AT SCHUMAKER PARK

COURSE REVIEWS

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TIM – ROSEDALE DOWN UNDER DISC GOLF COURSE (Kansas City, KS)

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PAT – NEWPORT NEWS DISC GOLF COURSE (Newport News, VA)

DISC REVIEWS

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TIM – LATITUDE 64 VISION

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OTHER DISC GOLF RELATED ITEMS

TIM – ERGODINE – CHILL-ITS COOLING TOWEL

PAT – KEEN MONTFORD SHOES

5 STAR REVIEW – THANK YOU GIVEAWAY!

GIVING AWAY A SIGNED COPY OF ZEN & THE ART OF DISC GOLF

CONGRATULATIONS PARKER SANDS! PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR YOUR PRIZE!

on May 30, 2016

If you are a disc golfer, then BUY THIS BOOK! If you are a student of Zen practice, then BUY THIS BOOK! If you want to live a better life, then BUY THIS BOOK!

Patrick McCormick has written a short but deep look into playing disc golf, practicing a Zen mindset, and tapping into the potential to become the best possible “you.” McCormick’s words are like syrup, they hold such thick value that sometimes it takes a little while to digest them fully, but when those words do finally sink in, it is truly an enlightenment. Suddenly, everything makes sense and things that may have been cloudy before are now perfectly clear…

Although I am a relatively new disc golfer, I come from a background of playing regular golf for most of my life and struggling with the mental side of playing at a competitive level. In fact, several years ago I played regular golf competitively in college in Southern California, but became very frustrated, depressed, and ultimately burnt out from my tireless efforts to elevate my game to the next level. I WISH I would have had McCormick’s book at that stage of my life. Nevertheless, I’m very glad I have this book now. I have read it cover to cover several times, and always keep it close by if I feel the need to refresh myself before I go play, or even go take on the day.

Reading “Zen and the Art of Disc Golf” has made me appreciate the time, effort, skills, and enjoyment that comes from playing and participating in all the sports I play, and even my occupation as a middle school mathematics teacher. I now have a renewed interest in getting the absolute most enjoyment I can from my work and leisure time activities, challenging myself to constantly improve my game and myself, and even enter competitive tournaments again.

Thanks Patrick. Your book is truly awesome and profound!

HELP US KEEP GOING AND GROWING!

Funny thing about podcasting… Success costs money. As we continue to reach record numbers of listeners the costs rise with syndication, web development, and GIVEAWAYS, I am constantly plagued with the question, how can I keep the podcast self-sustaining.

The answer: $1. That’s it.

If you love the ZEN DISC GOLF PODCAST, please consider donating as little as $1 a month and help keep this show alive, going and growing.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!

By supporting, you will be entered to win a $20 gift card from Infinite Discs. You will get one entry per donated dollar per month (i.e. Putter level =1 entry per month, Distance driver level = 3 entries per month). Cancel anytime!

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PODCAST EP#27 – 1 ON 1 WITH STEVE DODGE – DISC GOLF PRO TOUR

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Episode #27 – 1 ON 1 WITH STEVE DODGE – DISC GOLF PRO TOUR

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Ryan Lewis – Ohio
Roger Crain – California
Joel Bautista – Texas
Benjamin Wonders – Ohio

1 ON 1 WITH STEVE DODGE – DISC GOLF PRO TOUR

Steve Dodge began playing disc golf at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA in 1987. He played disc golf and Ultimate until his knees gave out and now contents himself with disc golf. The Fredericksburg Ultimate Club: Mothers taught him to play disc sports with honor, respect, open ears, and understanding. Since then, he has founded, co-founded, and served.
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Funny thing about podcasting… Success costs money. As we continue to reach record numbers of listeners the costs rise with syndication, web development, and GIVEAWAYS, I am constantly plagued with the question, how can I keep the podcast self-sustaining.

The answer: $1. That’s it.

If you love the ZEN DISC GOLF PODCAST, please consider donating as little as $1 a month and help keep this show alive, going and growing.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!

By supporting, you will be entered to win a $20 gift card from Infinite Discs. You will get one entry per donated dollar per month (i.e. Putter level =1 entry per month, Distance driver level = 3 entries per month). Cancel anytime!

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PODCAST EP#26 – PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT (WITH DAVID TUCKER)

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Episode #26 -practice makes permanent (with david tucker)

Todays podcast is brought to you by some of our amazing and generous podcast contributors:

Scott Comeaux – Florida
Melissa Martin – Ohio
Royal Daniel – Texas
Todd Sisco – Kansas
Jeremy Ziakis – Kentucky

DISCS & ZEN –

In Zen & The Art Of Disc Golf, I talked at great length about how your disc golf bag can be seen as a metaphor for all the baggage that you carry around with you from day to day and how if you do not place your bag on the ground (“dropping your baggage”) you severely decrease your accuracy and ability to achieve your goals.

Today, I would like to talk to you about what we place in our bags and how we hold onto discs and equipment that serve no other purpose than to “fill out our bags.” It’s very interesting to meet and talk to so many new players who begin playing disc golf and starting with the same habits. I believe a psychologist could make a reasonable study of disc golfers to extrapolate trends in human behavior. We often talk about how newer players tend to buy high speed drivers in hopes that the numbers on the disc alone will put our tee shots where we want them in the fairway with little attention paid to our throwing technique, but another habit that we have is being pack rats or maybe “bag rats” would be a better term.

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practice makes permanent –  with david tucker

Dave is a 36 year old husband, father, and novice disc golfer with a burning passion for growing the sport of Disc Golf.  He has a new YouTube Channel that caters to new, novice, and or beginner disc golfers.  He makes videos that answer the question we all have as newcomers to the sport.
Dave started a Facebook group called Big Daddy Disc Golf, and it’s for people like him whom are over weight.  While being a place to share healthy tips, ideas, and progress into living life more abundantly, it’s also a wonderful way to introduce this sport as a fun and healthy way to get activity into lives of those courageous individuals who are looking for a lifestyle change.

Dave’s YouTube Channel – Tuck4s1

Dave’s Facebook Group – Big Daddy Disc Golf

Disc Golf Lessons With Philo Brathwaite – teamphilo.com

Blenders Sunglasses – Use TUCK4s1 for 30% off!

PRODUCT REVIEWS

CHRIS – PRODIGY F2 $14.99
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TIM – IRON MIND – CAPTAINS OF CRUSH $29 – EXPAND THE HAND BANDS $15.95

DAVID – UP CART $89

PAT – KNIGHT  MAGIC BOX II $32.99

 

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HELP US KEEP GOING AND GROWING!

Funny thing about podcasting… Success costs money. As we continue to reach record numbers of listeners the costs rise with syndication, web development, and GIVEAWAYS, I am constantly plagued with the question, how can I keep the podcast self-sustaining.

The answer: $1. That’s it.

If you love the ZEN DISC GOLF PODCAST, please consider donating as little as $1 a month and help keep this show alive, going and growing.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!

By supporting, you will be entered to win a $20 gift card from Infinite Discs. You will get one entry per donated dollar per month (i.e. Putter level =1 entry per month, Distance driver level = 3 entries per month). Cancel anytime!

Unknown$1 per month – Putter Level Unknown $2 per month – Mid-range LevelUnknown $3 per month – Distance Driver Level

DISCS & ZEN – MAKE ROOM IN YOUR BAG FOR THE USEFUL

This photo comes from @lizardee on Instagram

This photo comes from @lizardee on Instagram

In Zen & The Art Of Disc Golf, I talked at great length about how your disc golf bag can be seen as a metaphor for all the baggage that you carry around with you from day to day and how if you do not place your bag on the ground (“dropping your baggage”) you severely decrease your accuracy and ability to achieve your goals.

Today, I would like to talk to you about what we place in our bags and how we hold onto discs and equipment that serve no other purpose than to “fill out our bags.” It’s very interesting to meet and talk to so many new players who begin playing disc golf and starting with the same habits. I believe a psychologist could make a reasonable study of disc golfers to extrapolate trends in human behavior. We often talk about how newer players tend to buy high speed drivers in hopes that the numbers on the disc alone will put our tee shots where we want them in the fairway with little attention paid to our throwing technique, but another habit that we have is being pack rats or maybe “bag rats” would be a better term.

It typically begins like this: A new player begins with 1-3 discs, in their minds, not enough to buy a huge bag and fill it out with unnecessary equipment. As a matter of fact, a newer player may look at other “big bag disc golfers” and scoff to themselves, seeing no point in carrying so many discs. Then this player tries out one or two of his friends discs and again mistakes a good throw for a good disc. Now, he heads to the store to buy those discs – and maybe 1 or 2 more while he is there, now he has 6 or 7 discs. He/she can’t carry that many discs comfortably on the course in their hands and heads back to shop for a new bag, and feels they may as well get a bag they can grow into, so they buy a 10-12 disc bag, and maybe 1 or 2 more discs. Now they own a 12 disc bag and 8 or 9 discs that are banging around in the bag when they walk on the course, so they need to fill it out with a few more discs. Before they know it they have bought enough discs to fill a bag instead of ones they actually plan to throw. They continue to throw just a few discs from the bag but continue to carry a plethora of extra weight. Extra weight is great for burning calories and looking cool but bears no correlation to how well you play. In fact by hole 18 you might be 20% more tired from bearing extra weight you never used during your game.

Now, there is nothing wrong with carrying a full bag of discs. There are two schools of thought when it comes to bag size. The first school is learn how to shot shape a few staple discs and the second is have a disc for every job and to know those discs. Neither is wrong, but speaking purely metaphorically how often do we carry unnecessary discs that don’t serve our game and are mainly souvenirs from the disc golf store? And similarly how often do we carry negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions around with us on a daily basis that don’t serve us in the game of life, and wear them as if they are badges of experience.

Every emotion that we have has evolved within the human experience to some extent as a way to aid us in recognizing imminent threat or bodily harm.Emotions generally remov the concept of rationality in attempt to simplify our mental processes, in other words if we had to constantly scan and rationalize every experience we have as being helpful or harmful it would be exhausting, so emotions take away some of that mental processing and put our bodies in states that allow us to survive without constantly scanning whether or not an experience is good or bad. Emotions take on some of the work and they help prior experiences stick in memory so if we have similar experience to one in past that was previously harmful we may begin to feel what we felt during that harmful experience without the brain having to work to rationalize that this is an entirely new experience.

For example, one major feeling or emotion that I want to touch on is worry, because worry is generally experienced in much longer periods than some other emotions and as a result loses much of its rationality because it doesn’t serve to protect us against some imminent harm. And isn’t it true that most of the things we worry deeply about never occur the way we worried they might?

Worry is negative visualization. It is praying for what you don’t want to happen.

So if you step up on the tee box and worry about hitting that tree you seem to always hit, you may just hit that tree. Especially if you announce to your group that you probably will hit that tree because now you have made a verbal plan to hit that tree.

If you refuse to play in that tournament you have been thinking about playing because you are worrying how you will feel when you hit that tree with everyone looking – the worry you feel in that moment is visualization of that happening, and because your brain can tell little difference between reality and your visualization of reality – the worry the you feel is just as bad as the embarrassment you think you might feel, and the worst part is you never even had to hit the tree in a real tournament to feel embarrassed. In other words the worry is worse than the embarrassment!

Some people wear their negative emotions and feelings as a badge, like a souvenir for their misgivings. In the case of worry, some people like to reframe their worry as caring. For example they worry about you and call it caring about you. But the worry only serves to only see bad outcomes for other people – now I ask you, is seeing only bad outcomes for other people really caring for them or is it discouraging them from reaching for their goals? Some people wear the badge of anger and carry it as a souvenir for their misgivings and bad experiences. They will qualify it as a means of self-protection, but really it only harms themselves by not letting the good that life has to offer in. It often keeps the good away – good feelings, good experiences, and good people. They may think its protection but really, to the outside world, it’s victimization – believing they have something to always be angry about makes the assumption that they will forever be a victim. Some people carry the badge of sadness, as a souvenir for their misgivings and bad experiences. These people have resolved to never be happy because the world is a cruel and awful place. What they really want if for someone to feel sorry for them. Asking another person to feel bad with you is one of the most selfish things you could ask for.

Once again, emotions have their place. They warn us of imminent danger or threat but once the danger or threat is removed, they are to be recovered from. Holding onto emotions past the point of recovery is similar to hanging onto discs that you don’t need to carry because they “fill out your bag.” Every once and a while, you should open up your disc golf bag and see what extra weight you are carrying remove it like you would weed a garden. Still can’t throw that Nuke, Viper, or Spirit? Why weigh yourself down with discs you don’t need? Create room in your bag for an extra Valkyrie, Stalker, or Lace. Do the same with your mind:

Where worry lives, there’s no room for contentment. Where anger lives, there’s no room for forgiveness. Where sadness lives, there’s no room for gratitude.

This is not to underestimate the tragedies that we find ourselves in from day to day. As I mentioned above, emotions help us deal with negative situations that are often times not preventable, however humans were not designed to live with long term sustained negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions. When we sustain these feelings it actually does physical harm to our bodies, makes us ill, and as I mentioned above keeps the good stuff away. Disc golf has helped lead thousands of people through bad times as a way to reflect and find focus in a world where sometimes coping takes all the energy you can muster, but for many this may not be enough. We all need help from time to time being the best possible versions of ourselves and we need mentors and coaches we can return to help us progress. For some people that might be friends or family and for others, doctors and counselors. The first step is recognizing that you are carrying a badge or souvenir from long ago and that life would be much better if you were somehow able to just let go.

Just because you were handed a bunch of negativity many moons ago doesn’t mean your still required to carry it everywhere you go.

And that’s another tool for your Disc Golf bag.

Patrick McCormick

This blog originally appeared in ZDGP EP26.